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Falls in the bathroom are the #1 cause of injury.

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Safety in the bathroom is critical when it comes to the prevention of fall. Take precaution by equipping your bathroom for personal safety.

To protect yourself when you take a bath or shower put non-slip suction mats or rubber silicone decals in the bottom of your tub to prevent falls.

Use a non-skid bath mat outside the tub for firm footing and avoid throw rugs. If you do not already have one, install a single lever on your faucet to mix hot and cold water together.

Set the temperature on your water heater to 120°F (49°C) to prevent burns. Sit on a bath chair or bench when taking a shower to avoid the fear of falling. Keep the floor outside the tub or shower dry and clear of any debris that could become a hazard or cause for falling.

To protect yourself when using the toilet, raising the toilet seat height can help prevent falls. You can do this by adding an elevated toilet seat. You can also use a commode chair instead of a toilet. Consider a special seat called a portable bidet. It helps you clean your bottom without using your hands. It sprays warm water to clean, then warm air to dry.

Grab bars installed in or around the bathtub, toilet and shower area can save lives. Grab bars should be securely fastened vertically or horizontally to the wall, not diagonally. DO NOT use towel racks as grab bars as they cannot support your weight.

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